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Treaties Recognition Week

The first full week of November is designated as Treaties Recognition Week in Ontario. During this week we take time to honour the importance of treaties, and their role in Canadian history. 

Oakville Public Library is situated on Treaty #14 and Treaty #22 lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat and the Haudenosaunee. Oakville is currently home to many different First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Regardless of where we come from, we are all interconnected through the land that we live on, water that we use and air that we breathe. We are committed to a continuous learning journey in allyship. We seek to elevate Indigenous voices and lived experience to cultivate reconciliation in Oakville. 

This annual commemoration honours the importance of treaties and helps students and residents of Ontario learn more about treaty rights and relationships. By learning more about our collective treaty rights and obligations, we can create greater understanding and nurture relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. 

Treaties Recognition Week represents one of many steps on Ontario’s journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. The week was launched in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action to increase treaty awareness and provide students and the public with an important opportunity to learn why treaties matter. 

For teaching and learning resources complied by OPL staff visit our Truth and Reconciliation information page. Also, be sure to check out our Treaties Recognition Week reading list with titles you can borrow at OPL. 

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